I read Luke 19 today. Luke 19:11-26 Jesus tells a story about a ruler who put servants in charge of portions of his money. This ruler told his servants “Put this money to work until I come back.”
When he arrived home he surveyed what the servants had done with his money. Some invested and made 5 to 10 times what they were given. Those servants were rewarded and promoted, from servants to rulers of cities. There was one servant who disobeyed- he didn’t follow his masters orders. He told his master “Sir, here is you mina (money); I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.” As you can imagine the master was pretty livid. Wondering why this servant hadn’t even put it in the “bank” to earn interest at least. He then took what this servant had and gave it to the servant who did the most with what he was given and received the most.
Those around wondered why the servant who already had much was getting even more.
The master said “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away…”
I am reminded that our great God, though he is compassionate, sacrificailly loving and kind- he is also the ultimate Judge. He is just and righteous. We are here to serve Him, not the other way around. He has given me much, am I honoring him with what I’m doing, with what I have? Will I be that servant at the end who buried what my master has given me?
Honestly, I don’t think so. I look back at my life, and it’s pretty neat to see some of the fruit that I’ve produced through His power.
But I was reminded yesterday that it’s not about what’s going to happen, or what has already happened. What is happening now? What about the moment I’m in. Am I tending to that fruit I produced before? Am I producing any in this day, in this moment?
So, what, you ask, am I going to do to make sure I’m producing today? Well, I’m going to email that friend I know that’s been suffering, or volunteer at church, I’m going to make a plate of cookies for a neighbor, invest in someone who only Christ sees the value in. Give groceries to someone who is low on food, dinner to a family that is recovering from something (parents to a new addition feel blessed to no end!), make a playdate or just spend time with someone. I’m going to honor my husband and give to my household more than I take.
After listing all that off I realize that I am surrounded by some really productive servants, so many of the people around me have invested in me! In my family… I better give them a good return! (Eternally speaking)
I also need to remember that I’m working with what I have. God has given me only so much at this time, and that’s all I’m expected to work with. I can’t invest what I don’t have, and He’s not expecting me to.
The truth is I want to honor Christ, but, I also want to be honored by him! I mean look at that servant who made 10 times what he was given. The master blessed him and honored him with so much more than that servant ever could have imagined. Ya…I’d be ok with being that guy. Alright, more than ok- I think I’ll be aiming for that from now on. I suppose that’s always been the goal, but it definitely isn’t at the top of my to-do list everyday, practically speaking.
So today, on my list I have
- Clean bathrooms
- Write up weekly menu schedule
- Deep clean kitchen
- Make muffins and granola
I think that I’m going to put
- Honor and produce for the Master
right at the top of the list. Physically. That way I’ll be reminded. Hopefully by the end of the day I can check of that one, if I don’t check of any other.
Side note: I definitely do not expect to get that list completed today, I’ve got two toddlers to feed, train, and play with too!